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    Shops that rent/demo SS

    I wanted to test out a few SS before I invested the cash into one. the few placed I have checked do not rent/demo SS.

    Anyone have any leads that is not too far from Oakland? I would love to take it up to JMP/Redwood for a spin.

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    I think Passion Trail Bikes in Belmont has a Santa Cruz Chameleon Single speed.

    Tread Bikes in Campbell has a Scott single speed (to be verified).

    I have a feeling you are looking for a niner?

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    I don't really care what brand it is. I just want to test my ability to not use the granny gear. also the last time i rode a hard tail was in the late 90's

    p.s. i am 6ft and 235 of lean mean table muscle. so maybe that weeds out some of the choices?

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    Funny story.....

    During my accident in November 2009 where i have shattered my clavicle i built up a solid "all mountain" rig that cost me some serious $$ and when i finally healed up, i rode the thing a couple of times and a month passed and somehow i bought myself a SS thinking i was going to put gears on them. 1 year and half has passed all i ride is the SS.

    Point is you can do more than what you think.

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    I should also note , my commute bike is a SS, not a fixed gear. sometimes I wish I could go faster, then I remember sometimes I crash too.

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    Do you have a geared bike now? If yes, set the gearing to a desired ratio and go ride without touching the shifters. I did that for a while to see if I enjoyed the single speed thing before buying one. It's not quite the same but gives you a pretty good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzkil
    I don't really care what brand it is. I just want to test my ability to not use the granny gear. also the last time i rode a hard tail was in the late 90's

    p.s. i am 6ft and 235 of lean mean table muscle. so maybe that weeds out some of the choices?
    I'd say if you have any interest in it, just go for it. A demo ride would be great but it won't show you the whole picture. It wasn't until I'd been riding one-speed for about a year that I really started to feel like I was as fast as on a geared bike. Muscle and fitness need to be built up, of course, but your overall riding style needs to change too. It's not just a matter of not shifting.

    That said, there's no reason to drop a ton of money on something top-of-the-line. I've seen plenty of Redline Monocogs and similar cheap bikes that were obviously upgraded over time with better wheels, forks, etc...evidence of somebody buying their first SS on a budget and then getting hooked. And if you wind up hating it, it will make a great bar bike.

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    You could try the geared bike that you just don't shift. For mountain biking, choose your middle ring and about the 3rd smallest cog in the back as a starting place. Don't try to sit and spin on climbs - stand for as much as you can at first. Just don't touch the shifter.

    Passion Trail Bikes in Belmont does have a pair of Santa Cruz Chameleons singlespeeds - one medium and one large.
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    thanks for the thoughts. I'll lock out my rear shock and spin a bit this weekend.

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